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Sheriff: Smoke and heat hinder rescue efforts in fatal fire

A Mason County woman is dead after being trapped in an early morning house fire.

MASON COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A Mason County woman is dead after being trapped in an early morning house fire.

Crews were called to the home on the 4600 block of South Pere Marquette Highway in Summit Township at 2:04 a.m. Wednesday.

The male homeowner called 911 to report his house was on fire and he was unable to get his wife out. Two Mason County Sheriff's Deputies and a Michigan State Police Trooper were first to arrive and tried to enter the home but were pushed back by intense smoke and heat.

The man was taken in Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids to be treated for smoke inhalation and burns. His condition is unknown at this time.

Fire crews with Riverton Township, Pere Marquette Township, Ludington Fire and LIFE EMS arrived on scene.

A woman was removed from the home by firefighters, however she had passed away in the fire.

The Michigan State Police Fire Marshall's Office and detectives from the Mason County Sheriff's Office are investigating the cause of the fire.

The names of the couples will not be released until Thursday morning when all family members have been notified.


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